AMPONTAN

Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (32)

Posted by ampontan on Saturday, July 9, 2011

一言居士
– A person who has something to say about everything

When I was a citizen-activist, the Diet was some place off in the distance. In other words, the existence of political parties had no connection with me. I was unable to distinguish between the ruling party and the opposition parties in that far-off place. I saw them all as part of the System, including the Socialist Party.

I understood the difference between the ruling party and the opposition parties after I was elected to the Diet. The ruling party created the administration, and the opposition parties were their antithesis. My next step was to become part of the Cabinet in a coalition government as a member of one of the ruling parties. Before that, I had been unable to distinguish between the ruling parties and the Cabinet, but then I understood.

– Prime Minister Kan Naoto describing his political education in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun. Mr. Kan lost three elections for a Diet seat before he won on his fourth try.

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